We are just getting ready to launch a new campus. We have a smaller space available for our kids ministry rooms, but we still wanted to make it fun and kid friendly. So, we decided to make a photo wall down our kids hallway. The idea can from a photo I saw on worshipfacilities.com . Here’s what we did to make it.
On a recent trip to California, I went to visit Sandals Church. This amazing group of people showed us around their building & shared their stories of what they are doing to see people come to know Jesus. Here are a few things that I learned from our Sandals Church Tour.
I went to visit Church In the Son in Orlando Florida. Their Sunday morning program for kids is called G.A.K. (God’s Anointed Kids) They have worked hard to create a space that kids will want to come to so they can teach them about Jesus. Here’s what I loved about this kids space:
The Look – They took tables, chairs, sofas etc and painted them or made them look new again in a way that screams “We love kids”.
Game Center – Kids love video games. They included this in their design so that kids had the option to choose an activity that was already familiar to them when they arrived.
Activity Center Area – They had lots of room to include spaces for kids to build relationships with other kids and with volunteers.
Stage – Their set was ‘interactive’. It included video as well as different places where people could appear from behind the set. They also had tons of storage space behind their set.
Mailboxes – Kids could write letters to the kids pastor, or to different characters that appeared on the stage for different stories.
Lobby – This area matched the color scheme of the GAK room and had signs that clearly communicated where people should take their children and where to pick them up.
When I went to Northpoint Community Church in Atlanta, I was excited to see their Kids Area. Each area was appropriately themed for the kids in that age group. These pictures are from their preschool area. Preschoolers sat on wide risers with their small groups to listen to the Bible Story. The hallways were brightly painted and doors had gates on them to keep kids in while the doors were open. They had signs to communicate information to parents. The volunteers were friendly and very helpful. Room capacity and volunteer to child ratios were displayed. I got the impression that if you left your child there, they would be safe and well cared for.
As I walked through their kids area, they communicated a message without speaking to a single person.
Attention to detail.
Planned in advance.
Volunteers well trained.
Kids are valued.
What message are you communicating to families when they walk through your kids area?
I love to take teams of volunteers to visit other churches that are larger than ours. It helps them to catch the vision of what is possible in Kids Ministry and some next steps to focus on. I love to visit a church called Crossroads in Cincinnati. Their Kids Ministry, Crossroads Kids Club, is AMAZING! Their facility is fantastic & they produce amazing videos that are downloadable and FREE! They also have curriculum that goes with those videos that is also downloadable and FREE!